First comes knolling, then comes assembly

I begin every project by knolling out all the parts. And, being from a graphic design background, I typically try to make it functionally appealing.

For those who are unaware, to knoll something out means to lay out all of the bits and pieces of a project so you can see them all before you begin assembly. If you do a google search for knolling you can see some products carefully separated out into their smallest bits. It’s art when it’s done well:

I was recently reminded of this when watching “James May The Reassembler”. The show is a very dry 30 minutes of James May putting everyday objects back together. If you’re a sucker for seeing how things are made (like me), here you go:

If you decided to watch, you would have noticed the beautiful knolling of the lawn mower. If they printed posters of that, I’d buy them. It shouldn’t go unnoticed how the knolling speeds up the process of putting something together. If you knoll out the pieces in a logical way, you don’t have to spend 15 minutes looking for that ‘small piece you are sure they left out of the kit’.

Give it a try. It may seem unnecessary at first, but once you’re done building your perfectly knolled out lego kit, you’ll never to back to the old way again.


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